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  • Titans awarded outside linebacker Jonathan Massaquoi on waivers

    Titans awarded outside linebacker Jonathan Massaquoi on waivers

    profootballtalk.com Updated 9 hours ago
    The Titans are taking a flyer on a pass rush prospect. Tennessee has been awarded ex-Falcons defensive end/outside linebacker Jonathan Massaquoi on waivers, the team said Tuesday. A fourth-year pro from Troy, Massaquoi recorded 70 tackles and six sacks …
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  • Report: Falcons sign LB Nate Stupar to one-year deal

    Report: Falcons sign LB Nate Stupar to one-year deal

    profootballtalk.com 16 hours ago
    The Falcons have signed one of their core special teams players to a new contact. Atlanta has inked linebacker Nate Stupar to a contract extension, the club said Tuesday. The 26-year-old Stupar played in 15 games for Atlanta a season ago, notching nine …
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  • Tight end Niles Paul will be on Falcons' radar

    Tight end Niles Paul will be on Falcons' radar

    ESPN.com 16 hours ago
    Pass-rusher Brian Orakpo isn't the only Washington Redskins player the Atlanta Falcons will look into once the free-agent negotiating period begins Saturday. It's a safe bet the Falcons will express interest in tight end Niles Paul, if Paul is not re-si…
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  • Todd McShay talks receiver options for Falcons

    Todd McShay talks receiver options for Falcons

    ESPN.com 19 hours ago
    Last week's release of Harry Douglas left the Atlanta Falcons with a void to fill at receiver, if they weren't planning to fill it already. Douglas' departure, coupled with the aging of Roddy White (33), means the Falcons have to invest in the position …
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  • Falcons interested in Orakpo

    Falcons interested in Orakpo

    profootballtalk.com Mar 2 (yesterday)
    Washington, despite having a new G.M., would like to extend its relationship with pass-rusher Brian Orakpo. Unlike last year, however, Scot McCloughan will have competition when it comes to keeping Orakpo around. Per a league source, at least four teams…
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  • Will the franchise tag sting the Falcons?

    Will the franchise tag sting the Falcons?

    ESPN.com Mar 2 (yesterday)
    The Atlanta Falcons won't use the franchise tag on any of their players this season, but they could feel the affect of the tag being used around the league. With the obvious need to sign a pass-rusher or two, the Falcons could see some of the top availa…
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  • Dan Quinn: Hopefully Sean Weatherspoon will be “big part” of ou…

    Dan Quinn: Hopefully Sean Weatherspoon will be “big part” of our defense

    profootballtalk.com Mar 1 (3 days ago)
    Injuries have limited linebacker Sean Weatherspoon to seven games in the last two seasons, but that didn’t stop General Manager Thomas Dimitroff from calling him “an important part” of the Falcons earlier this month. Dimitroff’s comments came just after…
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  • Jonathan Massaquoi also no longer in Falcons' plans

    Jonathan Massaquoi also no longer in Falcons' plans

    ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Feb 27 (4 days ago)
    Jonathan Massaquoi was supposed to be a promising young talent with the ability to emerge as a respected pass rusher for the Atlanta Falcons. As it turns out, Massaquoi will have to develop his talent elsewhere. Massaquoi was one of four players the Fal…
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  • Falcons release veteran guard Justin Blalock

    Falcons release veteran guard Justin Blalock

    profootballtalk.com Feb 27 (5 days ago)
    The Falcons are in the midst of clearing cap space and re-tolling a roster, so the Steven Jackson cut was far from the last one. The team just announced they had released veteran guard Justin Blalock. Blalock, their 2007 second-rounder, had started 125 …
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  • Falcons release Harry Douglas

    Falcons release Harry Douglas

    profootballtalk.com Feb 27 (5 days ago)
    The Falcons are no longer wild about Harry Douglas. PFT has learned, via a league source, that the team has released the veteran wide receiver as they continue to get their house in order ahead of the start of the new league year. The move comes a day a…
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  • Steven Jackson has no plans to retire

    Steven Jackson has no plans to retire

    profootballtalk.com yahoo.com ESPN.com Feb 26 (5 days ago)
    Yes, he’s played 11 years in the NFL. Sure, he’s 31. Yep, he was cut by the Falcons on Thursday. But none of that means running back Steven Jackson is calling it quits. “A lot has been written lately about my future,” Jackson wrote on his official websi…
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  • Falcons sign PK Matt Bryant to new contract

    Falcons sign PK Matt Bryant to new contract

    profootballtalk.com Feb 25 (6 days ago)
    One of the top prospective free agent kickers will not hit the market. The Falcons have signed Matt Bryant to a new contract, the club said on its website Wednesday. Bryant, 39, connected on 29-of-32 field goals in 2014 for Atlanta, with all three of hi…
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  • Antone Smith: Who wouldn't want to be a Falcon?

    Antone Smith: Who wouldn't want to be a Falcon?

    ESPN.com Feb 25 (7 days ago)
    He was no doubt the Atlanta Falcons' MVP through the first half of last season. Now, Antone Smith is just waiting to see what his NFL future holds. The diminutive running back, who has averaged 49 yards per scoring play on seven career touchdowns, conti…
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  • Falcons give extensions to Cliff Matthews, Patrick DiMarco

    Falcons give extensions to Cliff Matthews, Patrick DiMarco

    The Atlanta Falcons have managed to take care of a couple of contract extensions ahead of free agency next month. The team announced they had signed defensive end Cliff Matthews and fullback Patrick DiMarco to new deals on Tuesday. Matthews was set to b…
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  • Osi Umenyiora doesn’t want to hang up the cleats yet

    Osi Umenyiora doesn’t want to hang up the cleats yet

    The last time the Falcons were looking for an impact pass-rusher, they signed former Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora. But even though his time in Atlanta hasn’t given much indication he’s a difference-maker any more, the pending free agent said he’s …
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  • Report: David Harris could appeal to Bears, Falcons

    Report: David Harris could appeal to Bears, Falcons

    A pair of NFC clubs could be suitors for Jets inside linebacker David Harris if he hits the open market when the new league year begins on March 10. The Bears and Falcons could be players for Harris, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reported Friday. One of th…
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  • Four things we learned at the combine: Falcons

    Four things we learned at the combine: Falcons

    ESPN.com Feb 20
    INDIANAPOLIS -- The pass-rushers took the podium at the combine on Friday, with Florida's Dante Fowler Jr. expressing his affection for his former college defensive coordinator, current Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn. Here are few other things we learn…
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  • Report: Falcons could be suitors for Justin Forsett

    Report: Falcons could be suitors for Justin Forsett

    Should Ravens tailback Justin Forsett hit free agency, at least one NFC team could be a suitor. The Falcons are said to have “strong interest” in Forsett if available, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reported Friday. The 5-foot-8, 197-pound Forsett had a bre…
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  • Jake Matthews could miss offseason work after Lisfranc surgery

    Jake Matthews could miss offseason work after Lisfranc surgery

    The Falcons can get an earlier jump on their offseason program than some other teams because they have a new head coach in Dan Quinn, but it looks like left tackle Jake Matthews won’t be able to take full advantage of that bonus time. General Manager Th…
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  • Video - Falcons Release RB Steven Jackson 03:16

    Falcons Release RB Steven Jackson

    Feb 26
    ESPN NFC reporter Nick Wagoner breaks down the Falcons' decision to release running back Steven Jackson.
  • Video - Falcons Have Eye On Pass Rushers 02:06

    Falcons Have Eye On Pass Rushers

    Feb 23
    ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure discusses an area of need for Atlanta.
  • Video - Bengals, Falcons Need Pass-Rush Help 03:35

    Bengals, Falcons Need Pass-Rush Help

    Feb 18
    ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey and Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure discuss the need for Cincinnati and Atlanta to pursue help with the pass rush in the 2015 draft.
  • Video - Tide Turn Five-Stars Into First-Rounders 01:27

    Tide Turn Five-Stars Into First-Rounders

    Feb 17
    National recruiting coordinator Craig Haubert breaks down how Alabama gets the most out of its top-ranked recruiting classes.

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    Mar 4
    In what will be one of the most interesting trades in recent NFL history, the Eagles have agreed to send 2013 NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for middle linebacker Kiko Alonso when the league year opens for business next week. Adam Schefter…
  • Panthers bring back DT Cole, 34, for 1 year

    Mar 3
    The Carolina Panthers reached a one-year deal with veteran defensive tackle Colin Cole on Tuesday.
  • Breaking down prospects with Mel Kiper Jr. -- NFL Draft 2015

    Mar 2
    Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down strengths and weaknesses of the year's top prospects.
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    Mar 2
    I’m like everybody else with this Los Angeles thing. I’m on page 24 of a 300-page book, and it’s not all that interesting so far. But I hear the end is compelling, so I’d rather speed past the next 230 pages and go straight to the climax. Tell me what t…